Wyoming ends San Diego State's 20-game winning streak

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

The Aztecs have trouble containing Riley Grabau, and it costs them their 20-game winning streak.
The Aztecs have trouble containing Riley Grabau, and it costs them their 20-game winning streak. (USATSI)

Outside of the two unbeaten teams remaining, San Diego State had the longest winning streak in the country. The Aztecs lost in the second game of the season, a 69-60 defeat to Arizona. Since then, they had rolled off 20 victories in a row.

Until Tuesday night, when San Diego State went to Wyoming and was handed its second loss of the season, 68-62.

Star point guard Xavier Thames finished with 13 points, but he didn't make a field goal until there were 11 minutes remaining and struggled for most of the night. As a team, San Diego State shot below 38 percent from the field and just 5-for-21 from 3-point range. Defensively, the Aztecs gave up far too many easy baskets. Wyoming had 32 points in the paint, getting dunk after dunk. In fact, San Diego State had more offensive rebounds (21) than defensive rebounds (17) -- they couldn't impose their size and length defensively.

While San Diego State is still the favorite in the Mountain West, the defeat brings the Aztecs into a tie in the loss column with New Mexico. If the Lobos beat Boise State on Wednesday, there will be a tie atop the standings. The two teams play for the first time on Feb. 22, with the rematch coming in the season finale.

What does this do for San Diego State's quest for a No. 1 seed? The Aztecs were toward the back-end of the two-seed line at this point, but if they had continued winning and entered the Mountain West tournament with only one league loss and two overall losses, they would have certainly received consideration -- due mainly to wins over Kansas and Creighton. However, the loss to Wyoming does remove some of the luster from the Aztecs' profile, and it could end up being a sub-100 loss come Selection Sunday.

San Diego State will look to bounce back against Air Force on Saturday.

 
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